2011 Pac-10 Men's Swimming Awards
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - CALIFORNIA senior Nathan Adrian and STANFORD senior Austin Staab were named Co-Pac-10 Men's Swimmers of the Year, Golden Bear head coach Dave Durden was named Pac-10 Men's Swimming Coach of the Year and USC freshman Vladimir Morozov was named Pac-10 Men's Swimming Freshman/Newcomer of the Year, Commissioner Larry Scott announced today. The awards were voted on by the Pac-10 head men's swimming coaches.
This is Adrian's second Pac-10 Men's Swimmer of the Year accolade after winning the award in 2009. The Bremerton, Wash., native capped off his Cal career by helping the Golden Bears win their first NCAA Championship since 1980. At the NCAA Championships in Minneapolis, Adrian won his second title in the 50 freestyle and third-straight in the 100 freestyle. He also swam on the winning 400 free relay and 200 and 400 medley relay teams. Adrian won both sprint events and swam on four winning relays at the Pac-10 Championships.
Staab won both the 200 individual medley and 100 butterfly at the NCAA Championships. The Westerville, Ohio, native also swam the second leg of the victorious 200 free relay team for the Cardinal, adding to his 2009 NCAA title in the 100 fly. At the Pac-10 Championships, Staab won the 200 IM and 100 fly while, contributing valuable points to Stanford's 30th-consecutive team title. He set the school record with his time of 1:42.01 in the 200 IM. Staab entered the season as Stanford's most decorated swimmer with 13 All-America honors.
Morozov proved to be a force in the sprint freestyle events as a freshman. The Redondo Beach, Calif., native placed fourth in the 100 free and sixth in the 50 free at the NCAA Championships. He also led off the 400 free relay team for USC that placed third, breaking the school record and earning All-America status for the first time since 2002. At the Pac-10 Championships, Morozov finished second in both the 50 and 100 free events behind Adrian.
Cal's Durden earned Pac-10 Men's Swimming Coach of the Year for second-straight year after leading the Bears to the 2011 NCAA Championship. Cal swimmers claimed four individual titles and three relay races in Minneapolis. Last year's runner-up finish was the best finish for the team since placing second in 1986. Now the Bears are the national champions for the first time since winning back-to-back titles in 1979-80.